April 9, 2021 9:19 AM

Should I wait to get a specific kind of vaccine?

With three safe, effective vaccines available from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, you may feel compelled to wait or hunt for a specific vaccine. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, though, the best vaccine is the one that is available to you. “Waiting to get vaccinated until a particular brand is available is risky because it allows the virus to spread among people and continue to mutate into potentially more infectious or vaccine resistant variants,” Dr. Fauci explained. In very specific situations, those experiencing homelessness, for example, the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is preferable because instability makes getting a second dose challenging. For most of us, though, according to Dr. Fauci, this is a “race between the virus and vaccines…If it’s available to you, get it.”